Wednesday, February 28

Not Micky, But This Was Walt Disney’s First Animated Character

The huge kingdom of animated movies and series built by Walt Disney, Disneyland, has his birth anniversary today, December 5. Disney is famous for giving voice to animated characters and bringing life into them. Now all of you have been thinking that Mickey Mouse is the first ever animated character from Disney because of the publicity Micky gets and also those silhouette ears Disney’s logo contains, haven’t you? But the answer is NO. Though Micky is the character we all love, and we still love to watch the show whenever we get the opportunity, Micky is not Disney’s First Animated Character, it’s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. 

In 1920,Walt Disney came up with the series Alice Comedies. It was human interaction with that animated cat. But there wasn’t any fully animated character Diseny had. Keeping this in mind, in the year 1927, he got an opportunity to create a fully animated character by cracking a deal with Universal Studios and that was the birth of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. There were many cat characters already existed on the market and therefore that new character had to be something different. That’s why Disney came up with the idea of Rabbit. 

Walt Disney and his coordinator, Iwerks, designed that Rabbit which somehow resembled their later created mouse. This Oswald came to meet people with his first film, Trolley Troubles, in September 1927. A film where Oswald drives his baby rabbits in a streetcar. This film was a success but later created problems for Walt Disney. Disney didn’t have rights to Oswald’s character and, therefore, the distributor, Mintz, made him leave that character.  A film where Oswald drives his baby rabbits in a streetcar. This film was a success but later created problems for Walt Disney. Disney didn’t have rights to Oswald’s character and, therefore, the distributor, Mintz, made him leave that character. 

Next year, in 1928, he came up with a very new, beloved character, Mickey Mouse, which obscured Oswald, and Disney also owned the rights to Oswald again in the year 2006, which is now under a new procedure. 

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